Category Archives: Circles of Community

Circles of Community are posts about the local communities.

Give Yourself a Hygge

Joanna Tebbs Young CIRCLES OF COMMUNITY Writers often hear the advice that they shouldn’t wait for inspiration, that inspiration is gained by putting pen to paper (fingers to keyboard). Some…

Neither snow nor rain…

Joanna Tebbs Young CIRCLES OF COMMUNITY Deep snow. Blowing snow. Ice rain. Pouring rain. Twenty below. Forty above. Bright sun glaring off ice-packed sidewalks. Thick fog loitering in the depressions….

Thank you for the music, Mr. De Cormier

Joanna Tebbs Young CIRCLES OF COMMUNITY Seven years ago I had the privilege and pleasure to be a part of Robert De Cormier’s Concert for Peace. This annual event pulls…

Shifting Slightly: A New Way to Look at the New Year

Joanna Tebbs Young CIRCLES OF COMMUNITY When we moved into our home ten years ago, the kitchen was the one room we hoped to change as soon as possible. It…

SASH: Bringing Health Home

Joanna Tebbs Young CIRCLES OF COMMUNITY Just this past week, the United Health Foundation released its 2017 health ranking report. Holding fast to first position for many years, Vermont has…

A Patch in the Sun

Joanna Tebbs Young CIRCLES OF COMMUNITY Devon, our thirteen-year-old cat, is king around here. Born, and within days orphaned, in a Mississippi barn, we rescued him and his sister from…

Defining Community

Joanna Tebbs Young Circles of Community This past week one of my online students, Caleb, shared how he invites neighbors and friends over to Shabbat dinner on Friday nights, opening…

Hashtag No Filter: Vermont in her prime

By Joanna Tebbs Young CIRCLES OF COMMUNITY There’s a meme I’ve seen on social media that goes like this: “I’m not an early bird or night owl; I’m some form…

Seeing beyond the sweet spot: Expanding our vision of the world

Joanna Tebbs Young CIRCLES OF COMMUNITY This past week, my writing group suggested that we all write about aging. My initial thought was that I didn’t really have anything to…

Gratitude in Times of Crises

Joanna Tebbs Young CIRCLES OF COMMUNITY As I lay in bed wondering what I would write for this column today, I was going through the things I could, and probably…